Truly one of the dynamic young coaches in all of college golf, Missouri Head Women's Golf Coach Stephanie Priesmeyer has led Mizzou to unprecedented heights in her 10 years at the helm of the Tiger program. She has brought a level of energy and enthusiasm to the table that is infectious and inspiring.
Priesmeyer has led Mizzou to NCAA Regional competition in six of the 10 years she has been at the helm. The Tigers used a record-third-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional in 2005 to make the jump to the NCAA Championships.
Under her leadership, the Tigers have recorded 18 of the 19 lowest 54-hole totals in MU history, including a school-record 872 at the 2008 Las Vegas Collegiate. In addition, 34 of the best 36 single round scores in school history have come since she arrived at MU.
In the fall of 2009, her team set new school record with an 18-hole team score of 283 in the second round of the Challenge at Onion Creek. Mizzou has claimed nine tournament titles under Priesmeyer, and over the course of past 10 seasons, she has led the Tigers to 73 top-10's and 33 top-three finishes.
The Tigers have also excelled in the classroom over the course of the last 10 years. Coach Priesmeyer's commitment to academics and the success the student-athletes experience in all facets of their lives has translated into members of the Mizzou squad earning spots on the Academic All-Big 12 Team 37 times and on the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar team 19 times.
In fact, in each of the last 10 seasons under Priesmeyer's guidance, the Tigers have had a cumulative grade-point average over 3.0 including an all-time best 3.47 in 2005.
In 2010-11 Missouri's young squad finished strong. Despite the accustomary growing pains that often surface with a youthful team, Missouri rallied to finish third at the 2011 Big 12 Championships at The Club at Old Hawthorne, led by freshman Taylor Gohn. The Indiana native finished ninth overall, earning All-Tournament team accolades, and actually helped Mizzou into a tie for first late in the final round. Overall Mizzou defeated five nationally ranked clubs and capped a season that saw steady improvement heading into 2011-12.
The Tigers opened the Fall 2009 season by picking up their ninth tournament title under Priesmeyer, winning the Chip-N Club Invitational. The closed the fall at the record-breaking appearance at the Challenge at Onion Creek.
In 2009-10, Missouri picked up six top-five finishes, highlighted by a second place showing at the Johnie Imes Invitational. The Tigers finished among the top-six in four of their five fall tournaments in 2008-09 and had a string of three-straight top-five finishes in the spring.
The Tigers finished in the top-10 in nine of their 12 tournaments in 2007-08. They took the tournament title at the Johnie Imes Invitational, the eighth championship for MU under Priesmeyer's leadership. Missouri also was in second place at the Marilynn Smith Invitational before the final round was rained out. The 2007-08 Tigers finished fourth at the Big 12 Conference Championships, their third top-four finish in the last four years. Also, in 2008, Julia Potter was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 Team.
Missouri advanced to its fifth-straight NCAA Regionals in 2006-07 and recorded six top-10 finishes, including four top-fives.
In 2005-06, Priesmeyer's team finished in the top-10 in nine of its 11 tournaments. Missouri claimed three top-three's in its five fall 2006 tournaments, highlighted by a first-place finish at the Price's Give `em Five tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. In the spring season, the Tigers took three top-five's and finished fourth at the Big 12 Conference Championships.
In 2006, Stephanie Wavro earned All-Big 12 Conference honors after finishing second at the Conference Championships. She was the second Tiger to claim runner-up at the conference tournament under Priesmeyer. Former Tiger and current assistant coach Mindy Bullard took second place in 2002.
Priesmeyer's approach to teaching the game of golf is to get the maximum output of talent from each individual on the squad. Under her watchful eye, several individuals had record setting seasons in 2004-05.
In 2003-04, Mizzou finished in the top three in seven of the 11 tournaments it competed in. Priesmeyer led the Tigers to their first tournament championship under her tutelage at the Illinois State Redbird Classic in the fall.
With the success the Tigers experienced during the regular season, the coaches from around the Big 12 voted Priesmeyer the Big 12 Coach of the Year, her first such honor. Denise Knaebel and Maria Ohlsson were also recognized by the Big 12 for their outstanding accomplishments under the watchful eye of Priesmeyer, earning All-Big 12 First Team and Second Team honors respectively. Following the rain-shortened Big 12 Championships (in which Mizzou finished sixth), it was announced that Priesmeyer and Tigers would be headed back to NCAA Central Regional where they finished 13th. After registering four top-10 finishes in five tournaments in the fall of 2002, Priesmeyer's Tigers showed they belonged in the upper echelon of the Big 12 Conference with an amazing 2003 spring effort. The Tigers finished no worse than sixth in five of their seven tournaments. Mizzou's pinnacle performance came at the Big 12 Tournament when they took home runner-up honors by only one stroke to defending champion Oklahoma State. Three Tigers medaled as individuals (Bullard - 2nd, Knaebel - 8th and Elin Ohlsson - 9th) in the competition.
Priesmeyer, a 1994 graduate of Mizzou (B.S., Education), returned to her alma mater after a very successful stint as head girls golf coach at Columbia (Mo.) Hickman High School from 1996-2001. She compiled a record of 62-15-1 over her six years at Hickman. Her Kewpies recorded four district championships (1995, 1996, 1999, 1900), and top-10 state championship finishes in five of six years (4th in 1995; 2nd in 1996; 6th in 1997; 7th in 1999 and 8th in 2000).
Priesmeyer also served as the Hickman boys golf coach from 1998-2000, and compiled a record of 39-13-4 in that three-year span, notching two district championships (1999, 1900) and three top-10 state showings (5th in 1998; 10th in 1999 and 6th in 2000). She also amassed a 56-5 record the last three years as head coach of the Hickman girls junior varsity basketball team. Along with her high school coaching, Priesmeyer has served as an instructor for the Perche Creek Junior Golf Camps.
A native of Seymour, Ind., Priesmeyer played golf at MU for former coaches Mary Scott and Tom Loyd from 1990-94. A multiple-time Dean's List honoree, Priesmeyer was named academic All-Big Eight as a senior in 1994. The former Stephanie Cooper was married in January of 2005 to husband Scott. The couple has two sons, Cooper (5) and Hudson (3).